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> Allowing an East Germany situation to befall Japan would've had dire consequences for the latter half of the 20th century

This is a comment that works in retrospect, but at the time the carving up of east europe to soviet and western forces, and the division of berlin was seen as the solution to de-nazifying germany and eastern europe, not something horrific. The horror of east germany was still years, a decade and more, from being learnt.

The US may have desired the lion's share of pacific territory under their control, but the cold war had not begun yet.




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